Jeri & Marty Millard, Our Founders
Our club hosted the Jacksonville Dragon Boat Festival each September from 2013-2018. The money raised by this event stayed in the Jacksonville community, supporting the local non-profit (501c3), In the Pink...a boutique for women living with cancer.
Unfortunately, due to renovations downtown and unforeseen circumstances, the 2019 Jacksonville Dragon Boat Festival will not take place. We hope to host this festival again in the future. If you know of a lake or waterway that has potential to host such a festival, contact Marty Millard at or call 904-536-3475.
Our club introduced the first two dragon boats to the community on May 13, 2012 when we held our first practice. We have teams for everyone and are continually expanding.
We are also very proud to have the only dragon boat training center in North Florida (though it is temporarily being reconstructed). It is comprised of various equipment for Dragon Boat training and overall general fitness. What better way to enjoy the great outdoors than paddling on the Intercoastal Waterway several times a week? Dolphin sightings included in membership fees!
Our mixed premier team, somtetimes referred to as FLASH, is made up of male and female paddlers who are committed to exercise, practice, and competition at the highest levels. Our club has produced five team USA paddlers!
Our mixed team is comprised of paddlers who are committed to practice and enjoy attending festivals to compete and build community spirit.
Our women's team is made up of a combination of women from all teams.
We have an all breast cancer team called the Mammoglams. This team likes competition, though it feels that they are winners before entering the boat. They live by the motto, "We've won the battle...now let's paddle!"
Your one-stop center for everything related to
Located at Beach Marine in the building on west end. This is a temporary location while our building is being reconstructed!
Learn from experienced, certified dragon boat coaches and
TEAM USA members!
TEAM TRAINING PROGRAMS
INDIVIDUAL TRAINING PROGRAMS
TEAM SHIRTS & JERSEYS
TRAINING FOR COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS (i.e, Scouts, clubs, etc.)
Coach Marty & Lisa Durbin (the two on the far right above) earned silver and bronze medals while participating at the
IDBF 2017 Dragon Boat World
Championships in China!
You are such great role models!
Stay tuned...Marty will be paddling in the IDBF 2019 Dragon Boat World Championships in Thailand! Good luck, Coach!
Our teams are defined by their involvement throughout the community. We offer a variety of opportunities each year that expose the sport of dragon boating to others throughout the Jacksonville area. Our teams also support the mission of a local non-profit organization, In the Pink. In the Pink also sponsors our Mammoglams breast cancer team. Though we have different teams, we often paddle as a combined group during practices and festivals.
In the Pink is a Jacksonville-based non-profit boutique dedicated to helping women heal, cope and survive the effects of cancer...physically and emotionally. They provide everything the cancer patient needs in one location. Services include wigs, headshavings, scarves, hats, lymphedema compression garments, post-surgical wear, mastectomy bras/prosthesis, yoga classes, skincare for radiation/chemotherapy, and a breast cancer dragon boat team.
For more information, visit www.jaxinthepink.com or call 904-372-0029 (Jax Beach location) or 904-396-5515 (Downtown location).
The Lives We Impact in Our Community
"Thank you so much for including me and my staff in your Hope Floats dragon boat event. We had a blast! Thanks for all you do for our community."
Agnes David, M.D., Baptist Medical Center
"I feel a sense of peace when I visit In the Pink. Thank you for bringing the dragon boats to Jacksonville. Getting back on the water sets my soul free."
Susan, Breast Cancer Survivor &
Mammoglams Team Member
"Thanks for all you are doing to help the women in Jacksonville. Dragon boating is a wonderful addition to the services In the Pink provides."
Ankit Desai, M.D., Florida Plastic Surgery
Thank you so much to our sponsors throughout the years. We are very honored to dock our boats at Beach Marine each night. They are a family owned and operated business over 30 years.